noun, plural nim·bi [nim-buh bahy] /ˈnɪm bəbaɪ/, nim·bus·es.
Origin of nimbus
Examples from the Web for nimbus
As journalists report bolder acts by the renegades, Nimbus and his friends are forced to move further from childhood innocence.
Against the dim interior her head, with its nimbus of hair, had the droop and poise of the head of a medival saint.Phases of an Inferior Planet|Ellen Glasgow
Its uses in national philosophy and history, in biography and in poetry, throw about it a nimbus of meanings.Instigations|Ezra Pound
The crown is an insignia of civil power borne by the laity; the nimbus is ecclesiastical and religious.Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures in Art|John Vinycomb
The pale, ghostly light that surrounded it like a nimbus gave it a monstrous character.The Gray Phantom's Return|Herman Landon
At three P.M. the blue sky appeared in the west, and the nimbus clouds subsided.
British Dictionary definitions for nimbus
noun plural -bi (-baɪ) or -buses
- a dark grey rain-bearing cloud
- (in combination)cumulonimbus clouds
- an emanation of light surrounding a saint or deity
- a representation of this emanation
Word Origin for nimbus
Word Origin and History for nimbus
1610s, "bright cloud surrounding a god," from Latin nimbus "cloud," perhaps related to nebula "cloud, mist" (see nebula). Meaning "halo" is first recorded c.1730. Meteorological sense of "a rain cloud" is from 1803.